Watson shows again that age is just a...

Watson shows again that age is just a number

There are 8 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jul 19, 2009, titled Watson shows again that age is just a number. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Maybe when the disappointment wears off - for both Tom Watson and the millions of fans cheering him on - everyone will take a larger message from his amazing performance along the Scottish coast.

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Petro

United States

#1 Jul 20, 2009
Sterwart Stink will always be known for beating an old man to win his Major. I hope he is cursed like Deval. For sure he is Ripofflican Conservative with no sympathy , I would have let the old geeser win, the piece of crap Stink was jumping up and down like a high school prom queen, I would have shanked it even further just let the old guy win. Yeah brought up real good with his Conservative Morals.
Perkybird

Houston, TX

#2 Jul 21, 2009
Petro wrote:
Sterwart Stink will always be known for beating an old man to win his Major. I hope he is cursed like Deval. For sure he is Ripofflican Conservative with no sympathy , I would have let the old geeser win, the piece of crap Stink was jumping up and down like a high school prom queen, I would have shanked it even further just let the old guy win. Yeah brought up real good with his Conservative Morals.
Would you have had the same attitude if it had been Tiger who had been in the playoff? Oh yea, couldn't have been Tiger, HE didn't make the cut. But he was jumping up and down and throwing clubs and banging them against the ground.
Golfball

Canton, MI

#3 Jul 21, 2009
Petro wrote:
Sterwart Stink will always be known for beating an old man to win his Major. I hope he is cursed like Deval. For sure he is Ripofflican Conservative with no sympathy , I would have let the old geeser win, the piece of crap Stink was jumping up and down like a high school prom queen, I would have shanked it even further just let the old guy win. Yeah brought up real good with his Conservative Morals.
That's why Stewart is on the tour and you are eating potato chips watching him. Of course he was celebrating. People tend to do that when they win their first major. Watson had his chance to win it, he gave it up on the 18th. Despite the title here, we saw that age isn't just a number. Watson looked like a tired man in the playoff. Don't get me wrong, I was rooting for him, but he showed his age at the end. I take absolutely nothing away from Cink. He played great rounds of golf just as Watson did. Watson didn't deserve to be handed a victory. He had his chance and came up a little short. Congratulations to Stewart on a well deserved and earned victory.
Perkybird

Houston, TX

#4 Jul 21, 2009
Golfball wrote:
<quoted text>That's why Stewart is on the tour and you are eating potato chips watching him. Of course he was celebrating. People tend to do that when they win their first major. Watson had his chance to win it, he gave it up on the 18th. Despite the title here, we saw that age isn't just a number. Watson looked like a tired man in the playoff. Don't get me wrong, I was rooting for him, but he showed his age at the end. I take absolutely nothing away from Cink. He played great rounds of golf just as Watson did. Watson didn't deserve to be handed a victory. He had his chance and came up a little short. Congratulations to Stewart on a well deserved and earned victory.
Watson being the classy player he is wouldn't have wanted to win by having it handed to him. He realized the Cink won it fair and square. I admit that I was pulling for both. I would have rather it been Phil who took it but since that wasn't to be Cink and Watson were a great 1st and 2nd place.
TMD

Brownsburg, IN

#5 Jul 21, 2009
Perkybird wrote:
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Would you have had the same attitude if it had been Tiger who had been in the playoff? Oh yea, couldn't have been Tiger, HE didn't make the cut. But he was jumping up and down and throwing clubs and banging them against the ground.
What, exactly, does Tiger have to do with this discussion? We are talking about Cink and Watson.

I don't agree with letting Watson win, but wouldn't that have been a great story? There are those who say it would have been very bad for golf. After all, in what other sport can a 60 year-old beat a 30 year-old. And what does that say about the level of competition on the tour as a whole?

My answer to those questions is that golf is more of a competition than a sport. It is not as physically demanding as baseball, football, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, etc. Because of this, there will be times when an age or gender anomaly occurs.

When these anomalies present themselves, it does not invalidate past results, or disparage the sport. If anything, it just proves that golf is in a class by itself. There are enough diverse aspects of the game that, from time to time, the right combination of conditions can occur to level the playing field, and allow a less likely opponent to prevail over a more dominant, traditional one.

I, for one, found last weekend to be exhilirating and exciting. I am hoping for more of those types of "surprises" to continue as the tour heads into mid-summer. What a weekend.
Golfball

Canton, MI

#6 Jul 22, 2009
TMD wrote:
<quoted text>
What, exactly, does Tiger have to do with this discussion? We are talking about Cink and Watson.
I don't agree with letting Watson win, but wouldn't that have been a great story? There are those who say it would have been very bad for golf. After all, in what other sport can a 60 year-old beat a 30 year-old. And what does that say about the level of competition on the tour as a whole?
My answer to those questions is that golf is more of a competition than a sport. It is not as physically demanding as baseball, football, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, etc. Because of this, there will be times when an age or gender anomaly occurs.
When these anomalies present themselves, it does not invalidate past results, or disparage the sport. If anything, it just proves that golf is in a class by itself. There are enough diverse aspects of the game that, from time to time, the right combination of conditions can occur to level the playing field, and allow a less likely opponent to prevail over a more dominant, traditional one.
I, for one, found last weekend to be exhilirating and exciting. I am hoping for more of those types of "surprises" to continue as the tour heads into mid-summer. What a weekend.
I couldn't agree more. I don't know what those saying it would have been bad for golf were talking about. Everyone I know was rooting to see Tom win it. Well, almost everyone. I think it would have been a terrific story, one that brought a lot of attention to the sport. Wait, let me change that last phrase. It was a terrific story that brought a lot of attention to the sport. Despite Tom not pulling it off, it created a lot of press and airtime that are usually reserved for other sports. One of the things I love about golf. I know people that play who are 80 and people who are 8. You don't see that with sports like basketball, football, etc... Golf is a sport that requires as much experience and skill, as it does physical ability. It also requires the right mindset. All sports of course require those things to excel, but golf requires more of an equal measure of those things. Physical ability is always going to be and advantage, in any sport. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, experience and composure and the right conditions can compete with that younger physical ability in a sport like golf. That's one of the reasons golf is played by so many. No matter what your age or skill level, you can still have a good time playing and be somewhat competitive. My dad still plays often and he's in his mid 60's now. He doesn't shoot rounds as consistently as he once did and you can notice some deterioration in his game. Sometimes though, not as often as he used to, he plays a great round that brings back those says of yesteryear. That's what Tom did. He may never compete like that again on the PGA, but he sure as hell was fun to watch throughout this Open. I can't speak for anyone else, but that makes golf more appealing to me, not in any way bad for the sport.
TMD

Brownsburg, IN

#7 Jul 22, 2009
Golfball wrote:
<quoted text>I couldn't agree more. I don't know what those saying it would have been bad for golf were talking about. Everyone I know was rooting to see Tom win it. Well, almost everyone. I think it would have been a terrific story, one that brought a lot of attention to the sport. Wait, let me change that last phrase. It was a terrific story that brought a lot of attention to the sport. Despite Tom not pulling it off, it created a lot of press and airtime that are usually reserved for other sports. One of the things I love about golf. I know people that play who are 80 and people who are 8. You don't see that with sports like basketball, football, etc... Golf is a sport that requires as much experience and skill, as it does physical ability. It also requires the right mindset. All sports of course require those things to excel, but golf requires more of an equal measure of those things. Physical ability is always going to be and advantage, in any sport. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes, experience and composure and the right conditions can compete with that younger physical ability in a sport like golf. That's one of the reasons golf is played by so many. No matter what your age or skill level, you can still have a good time playing and be somewhat competitive. My dad still plays often and he's in his mid 60's now. He doesn't shoot rounds as consistently as he once did and you can notice some deterioration in his game. Sometimes though, not as often as he used to, he plays a great round that brings back those says of yesteryear. That's what Tom did. He may never compete like that again on the PGA, but he sure as hell was fun to watch throughout this Open. I can't speak for anyone else, but that makes golf more appealing to me, not in any way bad for the sport.
Absolutely! Well said.
Petro

United States

#8 Jul 23, 2009
I've heard the arguements, I guess It wouldn't have been so bad had Lefty or Tiger or any of the top golfers had won. The thing is Stink is Tigers side kick nobody would even know about him except that he pals around with Tiger, like Cisco kids side kick I guess thats what piss.ed me off.

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